Constantinople as Palimpsest: Now with Words!

Our beta-version of the Constantinople as Palimpsest (a modest encyclopedia of Byzantium) has now had a few issues corrected and has been updated. Introductory essays now explain each of the different categories of analysis that were generated by the Traveler’s Lab researchers and students of COL 128 in Spring of … Continue…

Turning Geographic References into Maps with Recogito: Part 2 (of 2)

By Caroline Diemer (Wesleyan ’18) (introductory note by Jesse W. Torgerson) This blog post is the second part of a description of our work to see what the “geographic references” that we generated from the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor using MAXQDA looked like when projected onto maps. This is in … Continue…

Constantinople as Palimpsest: Now Live!

Constantinople as Palimpsest is an interactive, space-based encyclopedia of Byzantine Constantinople. It was created by Prof. Jesse Torgerson and his Wesleyan undergraduate students as part of their regular coursework, integrated with the Traveler’s Lab, and supported by its student researchers. It is our first sustained Traveler’s Lab project that fully … Continue…

Turning Geographic References into Maps with Recogito: Part 1(of 2)

By Caroline Diemer Note: This is the sixth in a series devoted to the project “Narrative and Geography in the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor”. First post (“place” in history) here; second (“place” in narrative) here; third (how we divided our text) here; fourth (how we coded “geography” in our … Continue…

Mapping the Communication Network of the Datini Company

[This project had significant technical assistance from Pavel Oleinikov at Wesleyan University and Logan Davis, Marlboro class of 2017.] I have been working with the Datini metadata and letter collection for about a year, but have had more ideas and questions rather than actual analyses and observations.  Just this semester, … Continue…

Exploring Institutional Structures and Individual Networks

by Helen Birkett I’ve been in residence at the Traveler’s Lab this semester and have taken the opportunity to work with Wesleyan students to extend my study of Caesarius of Heisterbach’s social network. The results, so far, are promising… Background My project uses the Dialogue on Miracles by Caesarius of … Continue…

Chronography’s Geography: To Organize Geographic References

By Ethan Yaro Note: This is the fifth in a series devoted to the project “Narrative and Geography in the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor”. First post here; second here; third here; fourth here. The chronicle is geographically dense. After completely coding only half of the text, we have reached … Continue…

Chronography’s Geography: What counts as Geographic Reference?

By Jesse W. Torgerson and Ethan Yaro Note: This is the fourth in a series devoted to the project “Narrative and Geography in the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor“. First post here; second here; third here. The approach we are describing in detail here allows us to artificially reconstruct, in … Continue…

Chronography’s Geography: Software & Database Structure

By Jesse W. Torgerson and Ethan Yaro Note: This is the third in a series devoted to the project “Narrative and Geography in the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor“. Our first post considered what the question of place in narrative means for historical research, and our second the question of  … Continue…